NGUYEN HONG, 64 CANNON ST. W.
as far as i can tell, this is hamilton’s only vietnamese sandwich eatery. along with coffee, crepes and cake, banh mi is a culinary remnant of france’s colonization of vietnam. for those of you who are unfamiliar with this gastronomic delight, banh mi [literally bread in viet] typically consists of a combination of vietnamese coldcuts, a variety of pickled veggies [carrots+dichon], pate, viet-style mayo served on a baguette. vegetarian options are sometimes available using tofu instead of meat.
for those of you who have frequented the banh mi joints on spadina, nguyen hong might be a disappointment. it doesn’t offer the sort of variety one might expect and, in my opinion, the quality isn’t quite there either. that said, the price is right. most sandwiches can be had for less than $2. that’s good value, people. i’m hoping to see some improvements to the viet sandwich scene in hamilton but this is good enough for now. check it out.